The Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton marks a new phase in the philanthropic efforts of the LVMH group and its houses, and epitomises the support for art, culture and heritage they have been providing for nearly twenty-five years. Five years after meeting architect Frank Gehry, the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH group launched a major project.


It marks a new step driven by a renewed ambition:


- A long term commitment wishing to establish strong roots in western Paris and to develop as an institution of reference over time.


- This project of great philanthropic value for the city of Paris entailed the construction of an exceptional building on municipal public land and a 55-year occupancy agreement with the City of Paris. 


As a private cultural initiative, it was born of a shared passion and aims to be a stakeholder in the local area. It is rooted in the heart of Greater Paris, in the Bois de Boulogne, where Paris meets Neuilly-sur-Seine. The Fondation Louis Vuitton aims to become part of the Ile-de-France cultural landscape and to rekindle interest in western Paris.

La Fondation Louis Vuitton



The objectives

Rooted in the history of artistic movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, the collection and programme offer a series of projects intended to:

- Promote creation in the present by adopting a position of openness and dialogue with artists, intellectuals and the public.

- Astound visitors by offering a multifaceted activity that informs, exhibits and showcases the works of the 20th and 21st centuries in an exceptional space.

- Move and surprise the public by exhibiting artists' work in an innovative building, a model of emblematic architecture designed by Frank Gehry.






A new space that opens up a dialogue with a wider public and provides artists and intellectuals with a platform  for debate and reflection.

Bernard Arnault quote

The major phases

2001 – Bernard Arnault meets Frank Gehry after visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The idea of collaborating on the Fondation Louis Vuitton project is launched.

October 2006
 – In the presence of Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister for Culture and Communication, Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, and Frank Gehry, the project's architect, Bernard Arnault, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the LVMH group, and Yves Carcelle, Chairman of Louis Vuitton, officially announce the creation of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

December 2006 
– By an agreement reached with the City of Paris in December 2006 granting occupancy of public land, the Fondation Louis Vuitton obtains a 55-year lease for a plot of 1 hectare on which to construct a building dedicated to art and creation.

August 2007 – Building permission is granted.

March 2008 – Construction begins with earthwork and diaphragm walls.

2010 –The model of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is exhibited at the Centre Pompidou Metz during its opening exhibition entitled "Chefs-d’œuvre?" in the architecture section.

2011 – End of structural works and installation of the iceberg's metallic framework.

– Installation of the iceberg's shells, the Ductal then the glass sails.

"the laying of the last stone".

28 February 2014
 – Building reception.

Spring 2014 – Final landscaping of the Fondation's surroundings.

27 October 2014 
– Public opening.

Organisation chart

Bernard Arnault, President of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Jean-Paul Claverie, Advisor to the president

Suzanne Pagé, Artistic director

Sophie Durrleman, Executive Director

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Assemblée des fondateurs de la fondation

From left to right: Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Bertrand Delanoë, Frank Gehry, Bernard Arnault, Yves Carcelle.


Frank Gehry in front of the 1:50 scale model of the Fondation.

Fin de la construction

December 2013: the construction of the Fondation comes to an end.